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Grasshopper Cake

Grasshopper Cake: This creme de menthe cake has layers of moist mint cake, chocolate fudge, and minty whipped cream. A longtime family favorite recipe, it’s perfect for Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day!

mint cake topped with a layer of hot fudge and mint flavored whipped cream

This creme de menthe cake has happy childhood memories written all over it.

When Mom made Grasshopper Cake, it didn’t matter the season, it always felt like a holiday. Its layers of minty green and chocolate fudge have always mesmerized me. This dessert remains a favorite of mine to this day, and has captured the hearts of my husband and daughters as well. 

creme de menthe cake

Mom was always known for having some Chocolate Mint Brownies stashed away in the freezer. (For emergencies, ya know!)

That mint + chocolate flavor combo is still one of her favorites, and I can’t help but think of her every time I see it. 

handwritten recipe card for creme de menthe cake
recipe card from Judi

Mom still makes this mint chocolate cake from the handwritten recipe card given to her from our farm neighbor and friend, Judi Fritz. I have memories of Judi cutting this cake in her kitchen, portioning it out for a houseful of neighbor friends. 

chocolate and mint cake

How to make grasshopper cake

I have less than a handful of recipes on hand that start with a cake mix. And this is one of them. With just a few added ingredients, this cake is ready to bake.

The next step is the chocolate fudge layer, which also could not be easier. If you can open a jar of your favorite fudge topping (here’s my favorite), you can make this cake’s fudge layer!

And finally, a layer of mint-enhanced Cool Whip finishes off this pretty cake. While I’m a diehard for homemade whipped cream, this is one recipe that I’m ok with not getting out the mixer and beaters.

Layer one, layer two, layer three. And you’re done!!

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mint and chocolate cake dessert

Grasshopper Cake

Yield: 20 servings
prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 27 minutes
total time: 47 minutes
This mint and chocolate cake is a longtime family favorite, a recipe I've enjoyed nearly all my life. Layers of moist mint cake, chocolate fudge, and minty whipped cream are dessert perfection! 
4.5 Stars (105 Reviews)


for the cake:

for the topping:


  • Preheat oven to 350° F for shiny metal or glass pan, or to 325° F for dark or nonstick pan. Lightly spray the bottom only of a 9” x 13” pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cake mix, water, oil, and egg whites on low speed for 30 seconds. Turn mixer up to medium speed and beat for 2 minutes more, scraping the bowl occasionally. Batter will be a bit lumpy. Stir in the Creme de Menthe. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 27 to 32 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Be careful to not over bake, as it will end up dry. Cool completely.
  • Gently spread fudge topping evenly over the cake. In a medium bowl, stir together Cool Whip and 2 ounces Creme de Menthe. Spread mixture evenly over the fudge. If desired, garnish with chopped Andes Mints. Store covered in the refrigerator.
  • NOTE: The cake photos in this post show this cake made with two jars of hot fudge topping. Only use two jars if you REALLY like fudge a whole lot. Otherwise stick to the recipe as written, using a single jar of fudge topping.


from the recipe box of neighbor and friend Judi Fritz

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 209kcal Carbohydrates: 26g Protein: 2g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 51mg Sugar: 24g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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mint and chocolate cake dessert

This post was previously published in 2012. I updated some of the photographs and some of the text in 2019.

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95 comments on “Grasshopper Cake”

    1. You can use either (NA) syrup or the liqueur. I prefer the flavor of the liqueur, but I only make it that way when serving to an adult crowd.

  1. I was looking for this because my grandma made it. Though I’m almost certain hers had a ganache instead of fudge sauce (not as easy as fudge but not hard!!) A family favorite! She made it for my other grandma’s birthday, which fell on St. Patty’s day.

  2. Lonnie Graves

    Awesome cake. But read the cake box and decrease the oil and water to compensate for the mint liquid.

    1. Amazon wants over $16 plus tax for a 2-pack. I’m sure a person’s local Walmart, Aldis or grocery has the same quality for less.

    2. I referenced the product I like to use – but yes, in this case, I would hope you could find it cheaper at your grocery store.

  3. Jennifer Jostad Findell

    I made the Grasshopper Cake for my mother’s birthday last weekend. We just moved back to my hometown of Sioux Falls, SD from New Mexico. The cake was a huge hit—delicious. I followed the recipe exactly and it was delightful. I can’t wait to make it again. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. So happy this was a hit! Our girls have been asking for this cake…I need to make it again. Soon! Also – My sister’s family lives in Brandon, just outside of Sioux Falls. :)

  4. I gave up chocolate for Lent, but made this in cupcake form today for the dessert table for my church’s fish fry.
    Instead of the Cool Whip I made Crème de Menthe Butter Cream Frosting. First the fudge topping, then frosting piped on the fudge, then chunks of cut up Andes Mints on top – They look great!
    Thanks for posting this recipe. I’m sure I’ll make it many times in the future.